Average Bench: 64.5% (171st of 1015)

more Based on 5,541 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64PFUY0, WDC WD20 PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P6EY0, WDC WD20PURX-89P6ZY0, WD20PURX-68P8ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-89P6ZYO, WDC WD20 PURX-64GVNY0, WD20PURX-64P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64E5EY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64P6ZY0, WD20PURX-64GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-64D85Y0, WDC WD20PURX-64GVNYO, WDC WD20PURX-64GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZYO, WDC WD20PURX-64P, WDC WD20PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64PFUY0, WDC WD20PURX-78P, WDC WD20PURX-89P

The WD Purple is a surveillance drive with low power consumption and a design that's optimized for 24x7 operation. There is actually little beyond marketing that separates the Purple from the Red and Green drives. They all share almost identical hardware. The thing that does differentiate the Purple drives is their firmware which supports AllFrame, a surveillance specific feature. Allframe handles the cache in a way that is optimized for video streams. The AllFrame technology however is only enabled when used in conjunction with a supported host controller, most of which are only found in dedicated NVR (Network Video Recording) devices. As a result there is no benefit in using this drive in a HTPC to record video streams, because the surveillance specific functions won't be enabled. In terms of effective speed the Purple lags the new Red and Green drives by around 26%. [Oct '14 HDrivePro]

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Above average average bench

The WD Purple 2TB (2014) averaged 35.5% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.87MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.16MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Purple 2TB (2014) is 46.7%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Purple 2TB (2014) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 59.7MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 109MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 5,541 samples)
Min Avg Max
63.8 Read 115 155
68 Write 112 147
24.7 Mixed 59.7 77.1
54.5 SusWrite 109 150
72.6% 99.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.4 4K Read 0.71 0.9
0.4 4K Write 2.16 2.7
0.4 4K Mixed 0.87 1
166% 1.24 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
469GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 139 135 138 136 139 136 MB/s
Read 150
Write 137
Mixed 64
SusWrite 137
89% 122 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1
194% 1.5 MB/s
869GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 126 125 127 128 125 127 MB/s
Read 128
Write 133
Mixed 68.7
SusWrite 126
84% 114 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 1
187% 1.4 MB/s
293GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 123 122 126 123 112 124 MB/s
Read 100
Write 101
Mixed 57.2
SusWrite 122
70% 95.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 0.9
174% 1.3 MB/s
484GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 74 74 76 76 76 75 MB/s
Read 113
Write 109
Mixed 72.2
SusWrite 75.4
68% 92.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1
190% 1.47 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 17,164,774 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $93 @ launch in Jul '14
AmazonUS $684 hrs
EbayUS $706 mins
BHPhotoUS $802 years
NeweggUS $8521 months
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Typical Purple 2TB (2014) Builds (Compare 26,841 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Destroyer

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $157

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 103% - Outstanding Total price: $977

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